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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form 425 on 06/16/2015
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state-of-the-art. Twelve channels, but we used dual-twelve channels, so we were a high-capacity cable system. And this was 1972, and we were gonna get the Pittsburgh franchise and…
RM: Probably nothing to fill up those 24 channels at the time.
TR: It was…we had off-air channels and we got Johnstown to come into Pittsburgh Channel 6, I remember, and Steubenville, Ohio. There were no pay services, no satellite signals and we had a local origination channel. And so this was a…ended up being a 3,000 subscriber cable system and we had our own studio and we hired a local radio personality. His name was Jazzbo Collins, and Jazzbo would come in and do a show. But that was all we had, was one show. And, so I…
RM: We only have one show at Wireside Chats, also.
TR: Yeah, so I started going to school then and I worked on and off for that company during that time. And I graduated in ’77 with a degree in Economics and I actually was going to go into HR. And I saw a job for a cable manager and I applied to it and it was ATC, which became the predecessor company of Time Warner Cable. And you know, I had this technical background but that isn’t actually why I went to school. But they hired me and I became a manager trainee. And they were investing in sort of the future of cable and were trying to create a new class of managers. And one of the big issues that they were looking for were people with political skills because they wanted to do franchising. I actually didn’t come from that background but there were a bunch of people hired in that era. I moved all over the country.
RM: Where was your first stop at ATC?
TR: North Versailles [vur-SAYLZ], which everywhere else would be North Versailles [vər-SY], but in Pittsburgh it’s North Versailles. It was an 8,000 subscriber cable system, which was typical of the systems back then. And you know, I think ATC had 600,000 customers when I was hired.
So it was a real interesting time. My first general management job, so I went to North Versailles, then I went to Levittown as Assistant Manager - Levittown was near Philadelphia. And I did some franchising there and I was very young, I mean. We were just throwing people at the industry essentially. And we had so much growth prospects that we couldn’t go everywhere simultaneously.
And then I went to Delaware County, which was Suburban Philadelphia Media and I became General Manager. And, interestingly, it was an overbuild, and they were kind of rare then. During the morning, you know, we would be building a cable system, and then we had to create customers, and then we had to service a cable system, and then at night I would go franchising. And there lots of little communities throughout the suburbs of Philadelphia and I would be selling the company, essentially, and the city would vote. And that was an interesting experience.
Then I went, and then it got sold, and so I’m sure we’ll talk about the emotions about being sold. You know, I was upset that the company was sold and I went to Albany. And then, the company decentralized and I left Albany and became the President of Portland, Maine.